Trees and shrubs

Majestic towering trees compete with emblematic shrubs to decorate gardens throughout the year. Here’s all you can expect from your shrubs and trees.

Soap bush, variations in blue

Having blue flowers in the garden is rather uncommon. One of the advantages of the soap bush is that it comes in a range of blue hues from pastel blue to deep indigo.
Blue flowers of the soap bush shrub

How to plant heath plants

Heath plants love acidic, cool and well-drained soil. Planting is an important phase in the life of a plant.
Close-up of a healthy heath plant well planted.

Willows for gardens both big and small

More than 300 varieties of willows are accounted for today (Salix). Reaching up to different heights, these trees and shrubs are resilient and easy to grow.
Large willow weeping along the side of a lake

Thuja, a true hedge conifer

Thuja isn’t the most elegant conifer, nor is it a hedge shrub that is particularly supportive of biodiversity, but it does, however, excel in cutting off the view for intrusive onlookers.
Backlit branch of thuja against a black background

Cypress tree, a superb conifer

The cypress is certainly one of the kings of the conifers to establish elegant hedges, but it is also remarkable as a standalone specimen.
Cypress alleyway

Bladder-senna

Bladder-senna is a shrub bearing unique surprising flowers, and it’s easy to care for.
Bladder-senna fruits, light pink balloons

Exochorda, the pearl bush

Exochorda is one of the most spectacular flower shrubs thanks to its abundant white spring blooming.
White flowers of the Exochorda shrub

Cestrum

Cestrum is native to Mexico, and makes for a wonderful
Pink cestrum flowers

Setting up a flowered hedge

Hedges protect us from prying eyes, create intimacy, break the wind and protect our gardens. Flowered hedges boast many advantages and can even become truly ornamental.
Flower hedge

A green balcony, even in winter

Don’t leave your garden boxes and pots empty during the cold season: many plants will let you landscape your balcony with plants in winter.
A balcony in winter overloaded with green ivy and red and white cyclamen flowers.

Arbutus unedo – noted for its berries

The Arbutus unedo tree is a superb shrub that is well-known thanks to its beautiful red fruits that look like strawberries – and they’re edible, too!
Fruits and leaf of the arbutus unedo tree.

Cloud pruning for trees and shrubs

Niwaki – this is the Japanese word for cloud pruning. It’s the act of trimming trees into cloud shapes. An ancestral, elaborate art, this cloud pruning technique was developed to create symbolic spaces,
Magnificent example of a cloud-pruned shrub with 8 to 10 clouds and a silver gray trunk.

A garden of colorful bark

Don’t let your garden turn all drab in in winter! Make it evolve into a space that is appealing all year long by planting trees with highly ornamental bark.
Winter reveals the beautiful bark of the red dogwood.

Control invasive bamboo – options and solutions

Even though your bamboo has been properly settled in the garden for years already, you must stay alert. The need to control invasive bamboo is a constant endeavor! Bamboo growth must be constrained if you don’t want your garden to turn into an impenetrable jungle.
Bamboo shoots clumping together in front of a door.